269: Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse opened here as a speakeasy in 1926;
Babe Ruth and Al Jolson are said to have
263: Sam's, a rustic restaurant
popular with chorus girls and boys.
259: Puleo's Too, Italian
251: Was Columbia Broadcasting's Radio Theater No. 2. Now
Off-Broadway Theater Information Center.
249: This 1923 theater's interior
was designed by Krapp. It saw the launches of
Annie Get Your Gun,
Gypsy, Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof,
Pippin and Les Miserables.
239: Irving Berlin had this Federal Revival
theater built in 1920, to a C. Howard Crane and E. George Kiehler
design, for his Music Box Revue of 1921. It was also
home to The Man Who Came to Dinner, Dinner at Eight,
Of Thee I Sing, Of Mice and Men and Bus Stop.
227: Was the Piccadilly Hotel in 1939.
217: Site of the
designed by Herbert J. Krapp in 1917 and
named by the Shuberts for manager Oliver Morosco,
who helped them break the Theatrical Syndicate
monopoly. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened here
in 1955, Blithe Spirit in 1941. Demolished 1982 for the Marriott.
209: Site of the
a French Renaissance house designed by Krapp for the
Shuberts in 1917.
It went back and forth between legitimate theater
and movies. As the former, Life With Father
and Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten
both debuted here; the film The Red Shoes played
here for more than two years on its first run. In 1965,
it became the
Toho Cinema, which played Japanese movies
ranging from Kurosawa to Matango, Fungus of Death.
Corner (1535 Broadway): When this glitzy
mammoth was built in 1981-85--the first major new
hotel in Times Square in 75 years--it destroyed
five classic theaters: the
Morosco and the old
Helen Hayes. (It did add one
Marquis.) This wanton destruction
led to a wave of landmarking in the Theater District.
The hotel's design is by
John Portman, noted
for similar hotels around the country. The
atrium/elevator column is pretty spectacular,
I have to admit.
The facade of the hotel features a huge electronic
sign for Bank of America, and an enormous ad for Kodak.
In the movie True Lies, Arnold Schwarzenegger
rides a horse on this building and almost falls off the edge.
Corner (1537 Broadway): The Astor Theater, once
on this corner, was in 1948
the site of Babe Ruth's final public appearance, to
attend the premiere of The Babe Ruth Story.